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Who is responsible for a victim’s injuries after a police chase accident?

Some people get confused between Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. Perhaps that played a part in recent Kansas City automobile accident that involved officers from both cities pursuing suspects in a car they say crossed state lines twice before crashing. The accident reportedly caused serious personal injuries to the suspect driver and occupants of two other vehicles that were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

According to the police, they begin chasing a Chevy with five occupants suspected of being “involved in an aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer” nearby. With the police in hot pursuit, the chase reportedly ended when the Chevy hit an Acura and sent it careening into an ATA bus. The four passengers in the Chevy fled, leaving the driver who was seriously-injured behind. Both the driver and passenger of the Acura were reportedly seriously-injured with the passenger’s condition being life-threatening. The bus driver and its only passenger reportedly refused medical treatment. 

Negligent and reckless drivers who cause accidents that leave victims seriously injured maybe held liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Once liability is established, the victims may be entitled to monetary compensation. Damages differ on a case-by-case basis, but may include such things as current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. 

It is not any victim’s best interest to accept an insurance company settlement without first consulting a skilled personal injury attorney because such settlements are often insufficient and do not adequately compensate the victim for the costs of long-term or life-long injuries. A skilled attorney can often negotiate a more generous settlement or advise if litigation is indicated. They can also review the facts and reports to determine which parties are responsible—there may be shared responsibility—so damages are sought from all of the responsible parties.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one has been killed, in an automobile accident or any other accident that was someone else’s fault, the Noland Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

From our office in Liberty, Missouri, we represent auto accident victims in Kansas City, Blue Springs, Gladstone, Independence, Liberty, Clay County, and throughout the greater Kansas City area.

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